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Volume 3 Issue 7

March 2018

A Feminist Reconsideration in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices
Ms. Sripriya, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Kamban College of Arts and Science for Women, 
Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Ms. K. Vimaladevi, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Kamban College of Arts and Science for Women, 
Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni has established herself among the leading writers of Indian heritage writing in English. Everything she writes about is India. Though born in India for Divakaruni, local, at present, is America that is why she has been telling the stories of Indian immigrant women trying to be accommodated and assimilated in the free socio-cultural environment of America. Women portrayed by her are exploited, subjugated and marginalized due to the dominance of male. These women have experienced the brunt of the sufferings if they cross the magical circle drawn around them by their home-culture. Her women struggle to create their own identity out of their immigrant existence. The hardship of the life of these women, while fighting against the established order of society and shattering experiences of womanhood, woman‘s subordinate status, class conflicts, social censorship, gender discrimination and the burning problem of female feticide and financial issues like dowry system have been explored from woman‘s standpoint. The present study attempts to make comprehensive critical comments on the selected works of Divakaruni with an emphasis on feminine experience. It aims to evaluate her selected works and the versatile personality of Divakaruni. Divakaruni‘s protagonists are the victims of conventional societies that does not allow woman to have freedom and independence. Her writing consists of woman in search of identity, freedom and independence. The novel The Mistress of Spices (1997) has been selected for this purpose.
Keywords
Immigrant; Subjugated; and Feticide.
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